By Vivian Hodges
Kisha Jones and Carla Johnson, head coordinators for Visions Promotions and Events, are holding their first corporate event, The Dream Maker’s Diamond Gala, a black tie event to honor Morgan County educators and to raise money for Morgan County public schools.
“As people who have lived in Morgan County our entire lives, it is our desire to work to try to make a difference in the community,” said Johnson and Jones in a joint statement. “Each corporate event we host and plan, we will set aside a portion of our proceeds to go towards improving the local community.”
The Dream Maker’s Diamond Gala is slated for Saturday, August 5 at 5 p.m.
“Dream Maker’s Diamond Gala is an event meant to honor and recognize posthumously those people who have been pivotal in actively and consistently applying the concept which has been commonly termed ‘One Morgan’ in the course of each of their careers long before the phrase was coined,” said Johnson and Jones. “The Dream Maker’s Lifetime Achievement Award will be honoring the following 2017 nominees: Harriet Jones Collier, Katie Martin, Ana Johnston, Deacon Joseph Biggs, and Brooks Pennington.”
“In honor of the spirit of these nominees and those who have left us, Visions will be establishing a 2018-2019 Dream Maker’s Scholarship for students who are actively pursuing and creating their dreams and impacting their local communities,” announced Jones and Johnson. “In addition, Visions will be establishing Dream Maker’s Stipends at each of the local schools in order to assist students who are in financial need with essential items necessary for school throughout the school year.
Jones and Johnson wanted to place a special emphasis on education for the event, recognizing the continue need to support and improve educational institutions and opportunities in the county.
The pair noted that The Southern Education report concluded that 51 percent of students received free and reduced lunches during the 2012-2013 school year.
“We’ve all known this was the trend, that we would get to a majority, but it’s here sooner rather than later,” said Michael Rebell, of the Campaign for Educational Equity at Teachers College at Columbia University. He went on to note that the poverty rate has been increasing even as the economy as improved. “A lot of people at the top are doing much better, but the people at the bottom are not doing better at all. Those are the people who have the most children and send their children to public school.”
Jones and Johnson recognize these needs right here in Morgan County and want to use their business to contribute to student success.
“Many efforts go to prepare students with school supplies at the beginning of the year. Unfortunately, these supplies do not last the entire school year,” said Jones and Johnson.
“What many people are not aware of is that in Morgan County, there are students who go home on the weekend and do not have food until Monday morning. In addition, many students do not have the essential school supplies which are necessary to be successful in a classroom.”
To purchase tickets for the upcoming gala, please contact Carla Johnson at (706) 818-5770 or email Kisha Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org with Dream Makers Tickets or Donation in the subject line.